Australian news, and some related international items

Which South Australian parties have the guts to say NO to the Federal nuclear waste dump plan? – theme for March 18

Is there some reason why the greedy nuclear lobby, the secretive agency ANSTO, and the weak Australian government all seem to think that it’s OK to transport nuclear reactor trash for thousands of km across the land, and dump it on agricultural land in South Australia?

Is it because they’ve decided that South Australia is already radioactively trashed, because the Australian government allowed the British to test 12 major nuclear weapons and hundreds of “minor” ones on Maralinga, S.A.?

It is some sort of weird payback because this State never had convicts dumped on them – so the dominant Eastern States want to put the South Australians in their place?

South Australia is  a beautiful place. It has never generated nuclear trash. Let the nuclear trash be kept, (as international conventions and best  practice dictate) near to the point of production – AT LUCAS HEIGHTS in Sydney. And then let Australia come to its senses and stop making the foul stuff.

This is NOT  a “Kimba” issue, not just a regional issue, – it’s certainly a STATE issue, and a NATIONAL issue.

Aware citizens in Australia are waiting to see if the South Australian Labor Party, Liberal Party, SA Best Party have the guts to join the Greens in saying NO to the Federal nuclear waste dump plan.



March 5, 2018 Posted by | Christina themes, politics, South Australia | Leave a comment

South Australia election – nuclear garbage dump IS an election issue – theme for March 18

Where are South Australia’s political leaders on this? Hiding?  –   with the exception of The Greens, sweeping the nuclear waste issue under the carpet!

South Australia – uniquely beautiful, and with a proud history. – IT MUST NOT BECOME A NATIONAL NUCLEAR GARBAGE DUMP

Yet this is the Federal Government’s plan –  to transport Lucas Heights so-called “Intermediate Level Nuclear Wastes” for thousands of kilometres across this great continent, – past cities, villages, rivers , bridges – to be placed on agricultural land, near Aboriginal historic sites. And to be placed so-called “temporarily”, to become STRANDED WASTES. There is no plan for eventual deep permanent disposal.

The Federal government calls this “medical” wastes. Yet the vast bulk of medical radioisotopes have short half lives –   a few hours to a few days. So much more sensible to store those wastes close to the point of use.

The Australian government agreed in the 1950s to the principle that nuclear wastes should be stored close to where they are produced.  (NOT 2000km away!)

And – they’re telling us that this  is not a National issue, not a State issue, not even a Regional issue.

Heck – the decision is just up to a few greedy white Australians to offer to host the dump – and to ANSTO to bribe a few locals, and to the local Aboriginal community to be riven with anxiety over this


February 28, 2018 Posted by | Christina themes, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics, South Australia | Leave a comment

Macho Madness – nuclear power nuclear weapons – theme for February 2018

The “Me Too” movement exposed the sexual exploitation of women at work, and the men in authority who make the decisions to cover this up.

Men in authority have forever been making decisions to cover up the exploitation of women, children and men in every arena of society. But in no arena more than in violence and war.

Without “Me Too” in decisions on nuclear power and nuclear war – we are all finished.

February 10, 2018 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment

Australian women – no say in nuclear decisions. Time for “ME TOO in NUCLEAR” – theme for February 18

Historically, women have been excluded from Australia’s nuclear discussions and decision-making.

Today they still are. (but the “cool trendy” new nukes lobby is bending over backwards in the pretense that women are involved, and are part of the toxic nuclear industry machine)

Oh dear – I did forget quite a few. For example:  

Now that Brewarrina Council in NSW is encouraging land-owners to nominate for hosting nuclear wastes, the council has engaged Robert Parker as their ‘consultant’ spin doctor! No facts, just spin.


January 31, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina themes, women | Leave a comment

Net Neutrality, the Open Internet, and Nuclear Information – theme for January 2018

Before the Internet, information to the public was very much controlled by the established media – print, radio, television. With the world wide web came the opportunity for just about anyone to set up a site, just like this one, and to provide information on any generalist or specialised subject. (Of course, there are disadvantages – e.g. the new sites could lack the fact checking rigour expected of professional journalism).

From the point of view of examining nuclear issues, the Internet provided a timely opportunity to bypass the propaganda that is fed to the public via the mainstream media.  That has become more important now, as investigative journalists lose their jobs in the shaky world of commercial media.  The secretive nuclear industry has been having  a field day, or a field few decades, in handing out propaganda to mainstream journalists, who most often swallow it uncritically.

It was only  a matter of time before corporations worked to gain the same kind of control over the Internet, as they used to have over the media in pre-Internet days.

It’s in this context, that, on December 15th, the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission voted to end the 2015 Open Internet Order which protects net neutrality in the United StatesNet neutrality requires all internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all data equally, without blocking, “throttling” or censoring services or websites.

There is opposition in Congress to this move. So – it’s early days, to find out what effect it will have.

Still, I think that this is the first clear salvo in what could become a corporate war against independent media. A second salvo just arrived – as Glenn Greenwald reported on Facebook now obeying USA government, in censoring Palestinians’ posts.

The nuclear lobby would love that. They have the money, the corporate and government connections, to make a renewed campaign to stifle the truth about nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and the real state of affairs in Fukushima, as the 2020 Olympic Games approach.


January 6, 2018 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment

Australia’s independent media versus nuclear propaganda – theme for January 2018

Australians don’t need to worry about corporations controlling what we can see or hear on the Internet.  Well, not yet, anyway.

Overseas, governments in totalitarian countries, Russia, China, do control the media, even including the Internet to a large extent.

But now, in a democracy – the United States of America, comes the first move to control the Internet.   Donald Trump’s Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission (the US equivalent to the Australian Communications and Media Authority)   has just voted to end the 2015 Open Internet Order which protects net neutrality.

Australia’s mainstream media is already largely controlled by the Murdochracy, anyway. From the point of view of nuclear information, there’s a strong government influence, as we see in the handouts from Australian Nuclear Science and Technology, religiously regurgitated by the South Australian media.

For nuclear information Australians do depend on independent media, and on a few brave investigative journalists, like the ABC’s Mark Willacy.

I think that, in 2018, all of us who care about our country, and especially about the nuclear threats, will need to foster, support, and follow, the independent media that we still do have, and the social media outlets that spread the information that the nuclear lobby does not want us to know.


December 27, 2017 Posted by | Christina themes, media | Leave a comment

Uranium-to nuclear reactor- to nuclear weapons: Australia’s close involvement – theme for December 17

URANIUM. From 1944  the purpose of Australia’s uranium industry was to supply nuclear weapons.  Up until 1962 Australia supplied 7,730 tonnes of uranium to the USA and UK for their nuclear weapons programs.

More recently, Australia’s uranium is supposed to go only to “peaceful” nuclear  power. So – it can go to India, for example, where there’s dubious supervision anyway, and where it frees up other uranium supplies for India’s burgeoning nuclear weapons.

NUCLEAR BOMBS. The Menzies government allowed Britain to explode its nuclear bombs in South Australia, and also at Monte Bello Island, in the 1950s and 60s. So  the nuclear weapons industry has had its dirty foot well into Australia.

NUCLEAR REACTOR.  Lucas Heights nuclear reactor was always intended as a step towards nuclear weapons, AND IT STILL IS. In the early 1950s, politicians, scientists and Defence Department enthusiasm for Australia to get a nuclear weapon led to the building, in 1957, of a nuclear reactor  at Lucas Heights. A plan to build a nuclear reactor at Jervis Bay was pitched to the public as a commercial venture, but was always intended to provide enriched uranium for Australia’s own nuclear weapons.

Others favoured getting nuclear bombs supplied by Britain.  The pro nuclear lobby always had nuclear weapons in mind, and campaigned for them  strongly through the 1960s, to 1972, when Prime Minister Whitlam ended these ambitions. The campaign continued, more quietly.

ANSTO. In 1987 the Australian Atomic Energy Commission was abolished, and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) was set up.  ANSTO is very secretive about its operations, but does pursue the advanced technology that would make nuclear weapons development possible. Today’s nuclear weapons advocates talk incessantly about “medical research”, and foster the myth of the “peaceful atom”.

As the nuclear weapons establishment in UK and USA now make clear – “peaceful” nuclear power is essential for nuclear weapons – as an industry supplying resources and trained operatives for the weapons industry.

The push for Australia to house nuclear wastes, and the whole nuclear fuel chain is an intrinsic part of the global nuclear weapons industry.

November 26, 2017 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina themes, secrets and lies, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Nuclear power and space exploration – theme for November 2017

Coinciding with the severe downturn in the nuclear industry, is the rush of enthusiasm for space exploration – and the goal of “putting  a man on Mars”.  The nuclear industry must be pleased, as the fuel for space rockets is their own product – PLUTONIUM!  (Space travel might save their industry?)

Plutonium is the most toxic of all the radioactive products of nuclear fission, as well as being the fuel for nuclear weapons. There have already been accidents with space rockets. The effects of a space craft crash on an Earth city are almost unimaginable, and certainly never properly considered by the space technocrats and nuclear enthusiasts. To them, this is an “acceptable risk”.

Then there’s the doom-laden future for astronauts to Mars. Quite simply, cosmic radiation would kill them. Even now, astronauts suffer extraordinary health ill effects, as related by Scott Kelly, in his new book “Endurance” .  Not all these effects are caused by radiation – and this issue merges into the troubling ethical problems of sending people to Mars, or even, into space.

We are constantly being told of the benefits to come, in space travel. What benefits? Are they greater than the huge environmental and personal risks? And the financial costs – paid for by the tax-payer? That money could go to meet real human needs. There’s something wrong with our priorities when we mindlessly accept enthusiasm for technology, innovation etc – as better than healing the health of this planet, and its populations.

November 11, 2017 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment

Nuclear power and Space exploration – dangerous twins – Australia : theme for November 2017

Yes, it’s all excitement and enthusiasm in Australia! Wow! We’re getting a Space Agency! And the very brilliant and appealing Professor Brian Cox is to tour Australia! Dare anyone throw cold water on all this joy?

Let’s start with the big problem. PLUTONIUM. While some rockets have been solar-powered, the current popular fuel is plutonium. The much-touted Cassini spacecraft, that recently plunged into the Planet Saturn, was powered by plutonium.

Plutonium space operations are a huge danger to the world.  Plutonium has long been accepted as the most lethal radioactive substance.There’s the danger of spacecraft crashing back to Earth, with resultant highly radioactive pollution affecting humans and all species. There’s the danger involved even on Earth. in the making of the plutonium-fuelled spacecraft.

The need for plutonium for fuel also necessitates nuclear reactors, the only way to get plutonium. Of course, the nuclear lobby is salivating at this potential rescue of it’s dying industry.

And Prof Brian Cox – a brilliant particle physicist and TV science rockstar? Yes. But he is also a very suave pro nuclear propagandist.

The current Australian mania for space exploration presents some other problems, which get no mention in the media. THE HUMAN PROBLEM  First of all – the overwhelming danger of radiation, which makes human travel to Mars impossible.

There are other very obvious ethical problems, in the plans to send people on  a one way trip to Mars.

And economic questions. just what are the greatly touted benefits of space exploration?

Australia is once again about to pour tax-payers money into a questionable science project, oblivious to its intimate connection to the very dangerous nuclear industry.

October 21, 2017 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment

Nuclear LIES – theme for October 2017

The nuclear industry’s history of lies goes right back to its beginnings in the early 1940s.

I would say the that lying is the worst thing about the nuclear industry – and that’s saying plenty!

Of the current lies –  it’s hard to pick which lie matters most.

Lately the nuclear lobby is touting the lie that “new nuclear” is essential for peace and nuclear non proliferation.  That’s a beauty, isn’t it?

The truth is that the nuclear weapons industry needs the “peaceful” new nuclear industry – in which to grow its expertise for the nuclear killing factories – the $trillion dollars nuclear weapons makers.   (Which is why governments are lending an ear to the otherwise completely futile “Generation IV”  nuclear reactor lobbyists)

October 10, 2017 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment

Weapons of mass destruction banned – nuclear soon to join the ban – theme for Sept 17

You might think that it’s naive to be talking about banning nuclear weapons, in this present climate of international tension. Yes, an international agreement to ban them is not going to get rid of nuclear weapons overnight, or indeed, anytime soon.

BUT – as things stand now, nuclear weapons, held by all the so virtuous States –  USA, Britain, France, India, China Pakistan, Israel, (- and now North Korea)  – are accepted as respectable ,  defensive, necessary. 

The idea of the world recognising weapons of mass destruction as unacceptable is not new.  It’s been done before.

Human beings, after all, are social animals, and their greatest successes have been achieved by co-operation. Years of co-operative effort by intelligent and thoughtful people have shed light on the humanitarian horror of mass killings, and mass sufferings of those who survived such attacks.

Under the auspices of he United Nations, the concerted efforts of so many have brought about  the recognition that mass murder is unacceptable, and has been judged to be illegal.  No, these threats have not been completely eliminated. But they have been vastly diminished, and no leader can get away with pronouncing them to be acceptable or necessary.

The United Nations Ban on  the use of chemical and biological weapons in warfare was signed in 1925, and  strengthened in 1997 in the  the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) 

The United Nations Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) came into force in 1975.

In both cases, these agreements outlawed  the development, stockpiling, acquisition, retention, and production of these inhumane weapons, and reaffirmed the 1925 ban on their use.

These bans, agreed on by 178 nations  (the BWC), 192 (the CWC) have been further developed over many years of successive conventions, the most recent being in November 2016.

There’s  a wealth of information on the effects of nuclear weapons production and use – not just the immediate effects on victim communities, but the pervasive global effect on climate, agriculture and teh world’ s food supply.

Right now, we all live under a terrible threat of nuclear war. It is surely time to make a start on removing that threat. The United Nations Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty is that start.

September 23, 2017 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment

NUCLEAR LIES: AUSTRALIA – theme for October 2017

Australia is a particular target of nuclear industry lies.

Unfortunately, both major political parties, and the dominant Murdoch media buy into these lies. Some politicians and journalists actually believe them.

The global industry continues its 70 year campaign of lies. But Australia gets its own very specialised lies, spread by the government, via the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) .  ANSTO is a law unto itself, working primarily to promote the nuclear industry. The Murdoch media obliges by promoting also the lies of nuclear shills, like Michael Shellenberger,  imported from America.

September 17, 2017 Posted by | Christina themes, secrets and lies | 1 Comment

Australia should join Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty – theme for September 17



Australia can show the leadership that it once had, in the movement towards a sane and peaceful world.

Our opportunity comes this month. The legally binding Treaty on the Prohibition of nuclear weapons. will open for signature and ratification on September 20th at the United Nations. It will come into effect if at least 50 nations sign and ratify it.

Australia was not among the 122 nations who signed up for this United Nations treaty, in July 17. Indeed, under the craven rule of Turnbull’s cowardly coalition, – we even tried to sabotage the treaty!

Time to stop Australia’s mindless sucking up to America – especially now, as USA is in the grip of a dangerous sociopathic President.

Time to join our brave little neighbour, New Zealand who has had the guts to stand up to the global nuclear weapons industry and say “NO”

August 30, 2017 Posted by | Christina themes, weapons and war | Leave a comment

What is to be done about Climate Change? – theme for August 17

Frogs are smarter than we are?  We insult frogs when we say that they would stay in  a pot of water, to die,  as it was slowly heated to boiling point. Dr. Victor Hutchison, at the University of Oklahoma, dispelled that myth when he studied frogs’ reaction to temperature changes in water. He followed the procedure outlined for a proper frog-boiling; put a frog in cold water, and gradually warmed the water up. (He stopped well before the boiling point.) The frogs most definitely did jump out when the water got too warm for them.

So – the message to human society surely should be –  act like a frog – and don’t let global warming keep on creeping up on us!

Current approaches to the  climate change crisis:

  • Some climate scientists now warn that it is probably too late.  predicts The Unibhabitable Earth
  • Some advocate geoengineering solutions.
  • Climate scientists are in agreement that actions must be taken to adapt to climate change.
  • Drastic reduction in greenhouse gases is necessary, whatever other actions are taken.

Al Gore’s controversial new film carries a powerful message of hope.I hope that he’ s right.

Meanwhile the tragic main point of climate change is that it is affecting those who least deserve this. Rural populations in India, China and Africa , who have contributed very little to the cause of climate change are already afflicted with unusual heat, and drought. Pacific islanders, and South Asian coastal communities are already experiencing sea surges, as sea levels rise.

The challenge for this 21st century is surely for environmental justice – for meeting the plight of environmental refugees with help and compassion,  rather than with barriers and conflict.

The image below is by courtesy of the artist  Ricardo Levins Morales

August 27, 2017 Posted by | Christina themes, climate change - global warming | Leave a comment

Climate change- the global emergency – theme for August 17 (nuclear is irrelevant)

Climate change may now be irreversible, and is certainly at an urgent stage. While this website is dedicated to opposing the nuclear threat, we can’t ignore the reality of its twin peril – global warming.

The scientific consensus is that the Earth’s climate system is unequivocally warming, and that it is extremely likely (meaning 95% probability or higher) that this warming is predominantly caused by humans. It is likely that this mainly arises from increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as from deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels (Wikipedia)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated that warming of the climate system is ‘unequivocal’ with changes unprecedented over decades to millennia, including warming of the atmosphere and oceans, loss of snow and ice, and sea level rise.

Right now, climate experts are stressing the urgency of the situation, but offering differing ideas on what action to take. Dr Clive Hamilton, in his new book new book titled “Defiant Earth – the fate of humans in the Anthropocene.” says we will go well beyond the danger point of 2 degrees C. of warming, at least to 3 or 4 degrees. He advises that human society must adapt, and try to avoid the very worst. He warns us to avoid grandiose technological solutions.

Climate scientists agree on the need to drastically cut greenhouse has emissions, but some say that more action is needed. Paul Beckwith wants an international collaboration on further projects, to slow the warming rate – Removing excess CO2 from the atmosphere, Cooling the Arctic and saving the sea ice, Preventing Greenland Ice Sheet disintegration, Suppressing methane.

Of course, the nuclear lobby keeps promising extremely expensive solutions for the very distant future. However, nuclear reactors, of whatever type, would be far too late, even if they did combat climate change, (which they don’t).  Nuclear power is irrelevant to climate change, – except for taking resources away and thus slowing up effective measures, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy.

August 7, 2017 Posted by | Christina themes, climate change - global warming | Leave a comment